Do you experience tinnitus on a regular basis? Find out new ways to control your tinnitus and protect your hearing, and how hearing aids can help!
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition that causes a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. Affecting about 50 million Americans, tinnitus usually results from exposure to loud noises and occurs frequently in older individuals.
Although there is no official cure for tinnitus, there are resources you can use to help prevent tinnitus and reduce the intensity of tinnitus episodes. Tools that can help you manage your tinnitus include:
Tinnitus and Hearing Aids: Drinking Coffee
A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts shows that coffee is strongly associated with lower rates of tinnitus. Although coffee hasn’t been shown to cure tinnitus, women who drank four and a half to six cups of coffee a day reported having tinnitus at a rate that was 15% lower than women who drank less than one and a half cups.
The preventative effects of coffee seemed to be in place regardless of the participants’ age differences (the subjects were women aged 30 to 44).
Tinnitus and Hearing Aids: Using Medicinal Gels
The intensity of the tinnitus can be severely decreased with the use of a therapeutic gel along with hearing aids. The gel contains a drug that prevents the type of nerve damage that is common for certain forms of tinnitus. Although it may be common for people to experience tinnitus for no more than a few hours at a time, about 1 in 100 individuals experience chronic, long-term tinnitus.
The gel can be administered by injection through the eardrum. Early clinical trials of the gel have been very promising, with 40% of patients reporting that the intensity of their tinnitus decreased by half.
Tinnitus and Hearing Aids: Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy can be used to reduce the frequency of tinnitus episodes and adjust to hearing loss. Specific therapies can include the use of narrowband noise, mixed band noise and broadband noise.
The therapy works by habituating a person to the ringing sound associated with tinnitus, and it can help reduce the irritability that is so common to the condition.
Tinnitus and Hearing Aids: The Tinnitus Matchbox
Treatment with the matchbox is supposed to down-regulate the active nerves that are normally associated with tinnitus.
People with tinnitus are also more likely to experience anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
Using different methods to protect your hearing can be a great way to maintain both your hearing health and mental health.